Oberland named president of Northwestern Mutual

Special to The Freeman

April 24, 2014

MILWAUKEE – Northwestern Mutual announced Thursday that Greg Oberland has been named president of the company effective May 1.

The decision will unite responsibility for sales, marketing and agencies under one function and it is intended to strengthen the company’s strategic focus on growing and enhancing its field force and delivering financial security to clients, according to the announcement.

Currently, Oberland is executive vice president of products, sales and marketing and will continue reporting to chairman and CEO John Schlifske.

“Greg is a respected leader who has done a phenomenal job bringing our planning and sales processes and product strategies together,” Schlifske said in a statement. “He also has earlier experience aligning large complex groups in various parts of the organization with company strategy. Now we want to draw from his talent as a corporate leader to build on that and make the connections among agencies, sales and marketing even tighter.”

Joining the company in 1982 as an attorney, Oberland moved to the business side five years later. He has had increasing executive level responsibility for a variety of product line and operational areas including Disability Income Insurance, Life Underwriting, Policyowner Services and Information Systems.

In the community, Oberland is on the boards of the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. He and his wife, Rhonda, have four adult children.

Northwestern Mutual is the marketing name for The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, headquartered in Milwaukee, and its subsidiaries. Northwestern Mutual and its subsidiaries offer a comprehensive approach to financial security solutions including: life insurance, long-term care insurance, disability income insurance, annuities, investment products, and advisory products and services.